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Judge Denies LIV Golfers

August 9, 2022
The context
A Judge ruled to block three LIV golfers, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford, and Matt Jones, from playing in the upcoming PGA Tour playoffs in Memphis, Tennessee. The three sought a temporary restraining order which would have allowed them to bypass the PGA Tour's ban on any LIV golfers hoping to participate in the playoffs. They are part of a group of 11 LIV golfers involved in an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA.
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Celtics Speak Out

September 23, 2022
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The context
The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season for violating team policies by having a relationship with a Celtic staff member.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Celtics Speak Out

The context
The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season for violating team policies by having a relationship with a Celtic staff member.
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Unprecedented

  • Suspending a sitting coach is an unprecedented move by the NBA.
  • Udoka joined the Celtics before the 2021-2022 season and led them all the way to the finals. He previously worked with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, and Brooklyn Nets.
  • Udoka was suspended for having an intimate relationship with a member of the Celtics staff.
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Leadership speaks out

  • The leadership of the Boston Celtics revealed that an outside law firm had conducted the investigation into Udoka's violation of team policies and that the decision to suspend him was made based on those findings.
  • The assistant coach, Joe Mazzulla, will become the head coach during Udoka's year-long suspension.
  • The Athletic reported that the relationship between the staffer and Udoka was consensual but that the woman had recently told leadership that he began making unwanted comments toward her.
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New Verdict in R. Kelly Trial

September 14, 2022
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The context
R. Kelly has been found guilty in Chicago for engaging in sex crimes with minors, adding years to the prison sentence he is already serving after being convicted of the same offenses by a jury in New York.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

New Verdict in R. Kelly Trial

The context
R. Kelly has been found guilty in Chicago for engaging in sex crimes with minors, adding years to the prison sentence he is already serving after being convicted of the same offenses by a jury in New York.
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Guilty verdict

  • R. Kelly was convicted last summer in New York of sex crimes against minors. He was convicted again today by a jury in Chicago.
  • The key evidence in this trial was the recording of Kelly abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter, alongside roughly 30 witnesses who testified about the abuse they suffered or watched others suffer at Kelly's hands.
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Key witness

  • The Chicago trial featured testimony from R. Kelly's one-time goddaughter, who testified that R. Kelly filmed himself sexually abusing her while she was 14-year-old and he was 30.
  • The tape in question was 27-minutes-long and showed Kelly abusing the woman, who used a pseudonym during the trial. She testified that she and her mother were sent out of the country, intimidated, and paid to deny that it was her in the tape during a 2008 court case against Kelly.
  • The woman and her mother were granted immunity for lying to a jury in the 2008 case about R. Kelly's sexual abuse of minors in exchange for their testimony.
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Adnan Syed May Get a New Trial

September 14, 2022
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The context
Fans of the podcast 'Serial' will rejoice to hear that the subject of the hit series, Adnan Syed may get a new trial after Baltimore prosecutors moved to vacate his sentence for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
Entertainment
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Adnan Syed May Get a New Trial

The context
Fans of the podcast 'Serial' will rejoice to hear that the subject of the hit series, Adnan Syed may get a new trial after Baltimore prosecutors moved to vacate his sentence for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.
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Since 1999

  • Hae Min Lee was murdered in 1999. Her body was found buried in Leakin Park in Baltimore. Her ex-boyfriend, Anan Syed, was found guilty in 2000 of her murder and has been serving a life sentence in prison ever since.
  • In 2014, the podcast "Serial" exposed inconsistencies in the case against Syed and ignited a nationwide obsession with True Crime podcasts.
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New developments

  • State prosecutors said in a court filing today that new evidence has been found that suggests two other suspects might be responsible for the murder of Ms. Lee.
  • One possible suspect threatened Ms. Lee and had a motive to kill her, while another possible suspect had attacked another woman in her vehicle.
  • The filing also cites inconsistencies in cell phone records and testimony from witnesses as justification for a new trial.
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June 8, 2022

This Week In Technology June 2nd

This week, the COO of Meta, Sheryl Sandberg, is stepping down, Elon Musk demanded employees return to the office, and Clearview AI got some bad news.
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COO No More

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Meta (Facebook), announced she would be stepping down after 14 years.

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Tesla's Back In the Office

Elon Musk declared that Tesla workers should return to the office full time or get lost.

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Facial Technology Clampdown

Privacy watchdogs and AI innovators disagree on the way forward for facial recognition technology.

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Politics
May 19, 2022

This Week in Politics

The national formula shortage is finally starting to look up; a racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo left ten dead, and a Supreme Court leak shook the foundations of the court. 

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Ongoing: Formula Shortage

May 19th, 2022

The U.S. has been hit by an infant formula shortage, causing many parents and caregivers to panic as store shelves continue to thin. The formula shortage is due to a combination of factors, and federal help is on the way. 

Shooting in Buffalo Leaves Ten Dead

May 18th, 2022

Ten people were shot and killed at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. The shooter, a white 18-year-old, targeted a predominantly black community and used a legally purchased semi-automatic rifle. 

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The context
Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
Politics
Friday, September 23, 2022

New Autopsy Results Released

The context
Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Finally amended

  • McClain was just 23-year-old when he was killed.
  • When the Aurora, Colorado police department did an investigation in 2019, it found no policy violations but an independent investigation ruled that the officers had no basis to use any sort of force on McClain.
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The context
An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
Politics
Friday, September 23, 2022

Yet Another Special Master Hiccup

The context
An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Too much for one master

  • Judge Raymond Dearie has proposed that former Magistrate Judge James Orenstein help him complete the review of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • Dearie also gave Trump's legal team until September 30th to back up their claim that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago with an itemized list of documents they believe were planted.
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Can go criminal

  • A federal appeals court ruled that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and they can use them in a criminal investigation into Trump.
  • The ruling repeals an earlier ruling by Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon.
  • Trump nominated two of the three 11th Circuit judges that ruled on the DOJ appeal.
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The context
Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
The context
Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
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Real time access

  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to grant Police access to private surveillance cameras.
  • Police can access the feeds in real-time without the owner's consent.
  • The department won't have constant access but will be able to tap into the feeds.
  • SF Mayor London Breed said the measure is necessary to curb rising crime.
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Privacy concerns

  • The vote was split 7-4 and shocked many residents of the predominately liberal city with the ruling.
  • Advocates for the measure said that it was high time that the relaxed board passed measures to help curb crime.
  • The pilot program will run for 15 months before the supervisors vote again on whether to extend or end the program.
  • Police can access cameras for up to 24 hours if a captain signs off that the surveillance is being used for an investigation or in the case of emergencies where lives are at stake.
  • The ACLU opposed the program because it violates the privacy of private citizens who own security cameras.
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Entertainment
May 19, 2022

This Week in Entertainment

The defamation trial of actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp raged on and singer Eric Clapton’s European tour is on hold.

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Ongoing: Amber Heard V. Johnny Depp

May 20th, 2022 

Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, for defamation over an op-ed penned by Heard about her experience with domestic abuse. The op-ed is allegedly about her marriage to Depp. 

Clapton on Hold

May 18th, 2022

Guitarist and singer Eric Clapton announced that he would cancel two shows on his European tour after testing positive for Covid-19. 

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